An ODNR Bird Disease Update

An ODNR Bird Disease Update

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An ODNR Bird Disease Update

Have you heard about the new ODNR bird disease update?

Previously Ohioans were asked to stop feeding birds and to take down bird feeders. This was amidst a mysterious disease killing birds across Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) issued a plea for residents to clean their bird feeders and birdbaths in a 10 percent bleach solution. This was due to a report the state was receiving many call-outs about dead birds across central Ohio. 

Now, there has been an update by the ODNR. Read on to learn more. 

ODNR Bird Disease Update

As of September 8, 2021, the Ohio Division of Wildlife has decided to lift the ban on its recommendation to stop feeding birds. This is due to the mysterious illness affecting birds slowing down.

Now that the breeding season is over, the illness is unlikely to present itself in a large number of birds. That’s because a majority of the birds infected with the mysterious disease were very young or fledgling birds. 

But, this does not mean the threat is over. The cause of the illness is still unknown and research remains ongoing. Many other songbird diseases can be passed orally from bird to bird.

That’s why you should continue to clean your bird feeders and birdbaths with a 10 percent bleach solution, as per the Dept. of Ohio National Resources. This will help prevent the spread. 

Because the situation is ongoing, continue to check the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s webpage and social media for updates. 

What Symptoms to Look Out For

If you come across a sick bird, check if it is displaying the following symptoms: 

  • Eye swelling 
  • Crusty discharge from the eyes 
  • Reddish eyes 
  • Poor balance and coordination

If You Find Sick Birds Alive

If you find a sick bird still alive, please do not attempt to handle it. Only veterinarians and licensed wildlife animal services are legally allowed to handle wild birds.

It is illegal for you to care for a sick wild bird. Please contact your nearest wildlife animal services for assistance. 

If You Find Sick Dead Birds 

If you come across a sick dead bird with swollen or crusty eyes, ODNR asks you to submit a report to the Wildlife Species Sighting reporting system. This is the best way for biologists to monitor the spread.

Remember please do not touch the bird, but you may take photographs to assist in the identification process. 

Wildlife Removal Services

The ODNR Bird Disease Update is a welcome relief. But it’s important to remain cautious and vigilant as the nature of the illness has yet to be identified. 

If you find a sick bird, dead or alive, you should contact wildlife removal services. And for the most trusted service in Cincinnati, give Critter Detective a call. 

We offer humane animal removal, cleanup, animal damage repairs, and wildlife exclusion. Is it an emergency? We offer a 24/7 emergency service to ensure the safety of you, your family, and your pets.